George D. Maziarz's Press releases

State funds available to repair flood damage to private property

If you or someone you know in the Lockport area suffered property damage during the late June flood, this message is for you: the State of New York is making a total of $2,000,000 available to help Niagara County residents repair and rebuild.

These dollars—earmarked in the state budget for emergencies such as ours—will be very helpful to local residents because there was not enough damage to trigger FEMA aid, and insurance providers do not cover all losses.

July 18, 2013


Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that thanks to the generous donation of FedEx, local Peace Corp volunteer Luis Rivera is able to ship equipment to Botswana for a team he started during his service in that country.


July 17, 2013

Upcoming public meeting on Lake Ontario lake levels

If you are concerned about extremely low or high water levels in Lake Ontario, as I am, I urge you to attend a special upcoming public hearing where you can make your views known.

July 9, 2013

Senator Maziarz announces library construction funding

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that several libraries in his district will benefit from Public Library Construction Grant Program funds.  The grants are made from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2012-2013 state budget.

The awardees are as follows:

June 20, 2013

Lakeside Reborn as URMC's Strong West

Less than two months after Lakeside Health System officially closed its hospital to patients, the Lakeside Board today announced plans to sell most of the system’s assets to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The deal breathes new life into the West Avenue campus in Brockport, reestablishing urgent care and outpatient services to support Brockport-area physicians and patients.

June 18, 2013

Legislature approves Niagara Wine Trail expansion

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that today both chambers of the State Legislature approved legislation (S.1095-A) to expand and rename the Niagara Wine Trail system.  The new configuration will extend the trail across all of Orleans County and into Western Monroe County, encompassing more wineries than ever before.

June 14, 2013

Senator Maziarz and colleagues focus on cutting red tape to spur business growth

Senator George Maziarz and members of the Senate Majority Coalition today announced that they will begin an unprecedented initiative to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up municipal and school property taxes. In addition to high taxes, the burden of regulations and red tape hurts New York’s business climate. This Senate Majority Coalition regulatory reform initiative will make New York more economically competitive and help businesses create new jobs by eliminating needless and costly regulations that limit economic growth. Fourteen bills will be acted on next week, including legislation that would:

June 10, 2013

Senator Maziarz promotes Summer Reading Program for students

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that he is once again encouraging students to participate in the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program.

June 4, 2013

Niagara Falls could benefit from Tax-Free NY plan

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) lauded Governor Cuomo’s ‘Tax-Free NY’ proposal—a plan announced yesterday that would stimulate economic development by leveraging higher education assets in the SUNY system.  Thinking of the potential impact on his own Senate District, Senator Maziarz has suggested to the Governor that Niagara Falls be used as a prime example for how the plan can be successful.

May 23, 2013

Legislature approves bill to increase penalties for killing a police dog or horse

The New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation yesterday that increases penalties for killing a police dog or police horse while on the line of duty. The bill (S1079A) (A2596A), sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski (D-New City), helps recognize the important roles these animals have in crime solving, rescue and recovery operations and other duties by creating a felony-level offense.

May 22, 2013

Senator Maziarz receives St. Vincent de Paul Award from Niagara University


Senator George Maziarz, a member of the Niagara University Class of 1976, was presented with the St. Vincent de Paul Award from his alma mater during commencement services this past weekend.

May 13, 2013

Senator Maziarz Honors Marcia Tuohey in Albany as a Woman of Distinction

Senator George Maziarz today announced that Marcia Tuohey of Medina has been recognized as a 2013 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”

May 9, 2013

Senate passes bills to increase 'green' building construction and reduce energy costs


The New York State Senate yesterday passed bills that would continue to promote the construction of environmentally-friendly buildings and the cost-saving benefits of net metering for utility bills. Both bills are sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), and would help reduce the consumption of limited natural resources, promote the use of renewable energy, and lower energy costs.  

May 7, 2013

Help Point Breeze win Ultimate Fishing Town contest!

The popular fishing spot of Point Breeze in Orleans County is in a battle to secure the title of “Ultimate Fishing Town” from the World Fishing Network.  The winning town receives a $25,000 donation for the community. 

The winner of the contest is the town that receives the most votes on the Ultimate Fishing Town website.  You can vote up to four times per day at

April 26, 2013

Historic solar legislation approved in Senate

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that legislation that he championed in the Senate was passed today.

April 24, 2013

Senator Maziarz co-authors op-ed with T. Boone Pickens in support of liquefied natural gas

These days, just mention the term "natural gas" and it immediately generates controversy in New York. If New Yorkers don't want the economic benefits of shale gas, that's up to them, but it is a shame not to take advantage of this important natural resource to create upstate jobs and promote cleaner air.


April 17, 2013

Senate passes final 2013-2014 state budget with a focus on tax relief, education, and environment

The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by Senator Maziarz and his colleagues to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

March 27, 2013



Today, the NYS Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that increases penalties for killing or injuring a police dog to a Class D Felony.  This legislation, sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz, is extremely important, as state and local law enforcement agencies increasingly rely on these animals in crime solving, rescue and recovery operations.  Under current law, killing or injuring a police animal is a Class A misdeameanor.

March 25, 2013

Senator Maziarz cheers National Grid rate decrease

Senator Maziarz is pleased to learn that the New York State Public Service Commission recently adopted a three-year rate plan for National Grid electric and natural gas that will reduce rates for upstate operations, with customers expecting to see lower bills next month. The significant savings to customers comes largely from the expiration of a $190 million surcharge called the competitive transition charge. The continued necessity of this charge was an issue first raised by Senator Maziarz at a hearing three years ago.

March 25, 2013

Senator Maziarz: new TV tax is dead on arrival

In February, Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill (S.3827) that would impose a 5% excise tax on satellite television services—a tax that would be passed on directly to subscribers.

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, today said that this downstate senator’s attempt to levy a new tax on customers of DIRECTV, DISH Network, and similar services is dead on arrival.

March 14, 2013
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